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... and could fall out of it with a strong gust of wind. Anyway, I'm glad we went at night, the city was alive and beautiful from the top.
The other landmarks we hit up were Notre Dame Cathedral (beautiful), the Arc of Triumph, and the Louvre. We went inside the Cathedral during a service and got to witness the religious aspect of Paris. What a beautiful moment. It was so serene and peaceful. I think it was the only time during the trip where our whole group fell silent. The Louvre ...
... with JJ (he tried to get me to eat steak tartare, which I wasn't quite ready for) which was really nice with flavours I haven't really tasted for a long time. We had a few drinks, and enjoyed my last night in Paris (I really should have planned longer in France) Today I had a very quiet day and just relaxed in the Parc de Buttes Chaumont which was directly across from where I was staying. Now, I am on my way to meet Gabriel in Heidelberg by ...
... shadowed by a colourful night sky, it is a night sight of Paris that cannot be missed. We stood around for a long time taking photos (Blake's camera proving to be far more handy than ours) and enjoying the view. At 1am the tower glittered in a dazzling display for five minutes, like some oddly-shaped disco ball, before going dark for the night. We struggled to get a taxi but finally located a rank of them, weaving our way home after a very long ...
... there by 10:45. wondering where i,m going with this? here,,s the kick. bought versailles tickets at tourist office - smart idea we thought, there,s lotsa people around must be busy up there in the palace. soooooo, when we get to palace, there,s an enormous queue for ticket holders. Nooooooooooooo, I hate queues. there we stood for 1.5 hours to get in, even though we had tkts. I couldn,t believe it. I was cursing all french people during our wait. it ...
And then on to Paris. I had a long list of things to see and do, especially as it was Sam's first visit, but I had to get some shopping done first. We had inadvertently timed our visit for the May Day holiday, so I had a short window available. Unfortunately, for some reason I didn't have the most successful of outings, although Sam might quibble with my definition of successful - he was happy to see me return home with so few bags!
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Perfect service, perfect loaction
Were initially concerned about the one neagtive comment posted here.
Chose to give it a shot and glad we did! The highlight of our four night stay was the service/staff. They were just the BEST bending over backward at every turn. Their collective English really saved the day for us. Lots of great tips. Arranged taxi service service times, etc.
etc. etc.We were on a "promotional" deal at $260E for a superor double that included early check in. We arrived from flying all night about noon. Room wasn't ready. Where is Paris are they EVER ready? Kept our cool, went next door to brasserie and had wine and our room was ready to go within an hour. They were accomodating about us wanting to look first. We were prepared for small. But this was prrreeetttyyyy small.
Offered us a "deal" that if we bought in to thein hotel chain membership for $50 total, they would upgrade us to deluxe. We bought.
Do not expect room charm...think midtown Manhattan. But the room was plenty large and the bathroom very modern, and huge by Paris standards.
Great shower AND a curtain! Breakfast at $25 pp is no deal. Plenty of great spots in the area that worked for us for cafe creme and a croissant.Bar was fun for evening drinks (expensive...$23 for a scotch and a wine). Easy walk to the river and all of St. Germain is at the doorstep.Since return home have received a credit card charge for one night hotel (assume the first night required to hold the reservation) in addition to having paid the TOTAL bill upon check out. Jury's still out on this one....but can not think of one complaint.
Owners/management need to take mighty good care of Jerome, Igbal and Antonio. Give this place a try and they'll become your newest best friends.
A Great Find
This is a great little hotel which really does value attention to detail and customer service. The location is fantastic being in the lively Latin quarter and allowing access to many of the local attractions. The front desk was only too happy to help and gave fantastic advice on restaurants and bars. I have stayed in Paris on many occassions and this is definitely one of the best for the price and if you are looking to stay in a smaller more intimate hotel. Top marks.
Very special little hotel
This hotel was a great find. The front desk staff was fabulous and bent over backwards to help us. It was in a fabulous location near the Sorbonne and walking distance to Lux. Gardens and Latin Quarter shops and restaurants. Boulanger across the street was delicious for breakfasts, pastries, coffee, quiches. High marks on all counts.
A huge disappointment
My wife and I decided to stay here to celebrate our Silver Wedding anniversary - largely as a result of the great reviews it received on sites such as this.
Out first disappointment was the room - although we had paid extra for a 'superior double room' it was really quite small and the bathroom (though nicely furnished) was really cramped.
Despite this, the location was fantastic and the staff, in general were quite good. However, what really let this place down was the room service.
On our first day, we spent the first part of the day wandering around the city and retured to our rooms at around 3:30 in the afternoon, looking forward to some peace. We were surprised to find that the room had not yet been cleaned, so we went to the reception to complain. We were told it would be be attended to and went to have a drink in the courtyard. After an hour we were eventually told our room was ready so we went up - only to find that nothing had changed. It turned out that the stff had cleaned the wrong room. We then decided to go fo a walk for an hour and eventually got into our room at around 5:30 -two hours after we had wanted to.
The next day, as if to make up, the cleaner decided to come in while we were at breakfast. We had to ask her to leave on our return, so that we could finish getting ready. To make maters worse, when we returned at the end of the day, we discovered that she had failed to shut our door properly, so that it had been left ajar all day! To complete the experience, the housekeeper decided to investigate the matter by letting herself into the room, while my wife and I were still there - not even bothing with a knock.
Finally, on our last day, we received a knock on the door from the cleaner at 10:30am - despite the fact that we were not due to check out untill midday. We told the cleaner to go away, but she proceeded to hang about outside our room until left. In fact, she went straight into the room while we were waiting for the lift to go down!
This is so at odds with my previous experience of hotels, where the housekeeping staff go to great lengths to stay out of your way. At the price we paid, I would have thought this should be the minimum we should expect. In fact, we were made to feel like intruders on the cleaner's time.
Some of the staff were very good - notably Jerome on the reception - to whom many thanks.
The pleasant weather also meant that we were able to enjoy the pleasant courtyard - though we were unhappy at being woken at 2:30am by drunks screaming in the courtyard, just underneath our window. We had the window open, because although the weather was warm, it appeared that the air conditioning had been switched off.
This would have been a great celebration apart from the cleaning staff - who really spoilt what was meant to be a celebration. We got the impression that this had not been the first time that they had screwed up - all I can suggest is that the hotel completely replaces the whole lot, with somebody who actually cares about doing a decent job.
In summary a three star hotel, in a four star location, with one star housekeeping staff (and one five star employee -J)!!
I followed tripadisor's recommendation for Villa Pantheon. Although rooms were small, I can't complain of anytihng else. The rooms were very clean, with hardwood floors, and had a large bed. I loved the location: safe, approx. 4 blocks Notre-Dame, St. Chapelle, and other great locations. Excellent restaurants nearby. Courteous and efficient staff, willing to help anytime, and all spoke english.
I would stay there again!
This is a little gem in the middle of a diamond mine. Beutiful location in the Latin Quarter only 1 block from the University of Paris, 2 blocks from the Sarbone, 3 blocks from the Pantheon, 4-5 blocks from Notre Dame, across the street from a wonderful bakery - who could ask for more! Staff was incredible and hotel decour was beutiful rich greens and red with an open courtyard in the middle. Rooms were VERY SMALL and beds were hard, but in Paris who cares. Bathroom was very nice with bath and shower. Air conditioning was tolerable which means great for Europe. It was very hot when we were there but the a/c kept us comfortable at night. I would definitely return again and again.
Highly recommend this hotel
We had a wonderful time at this hotel. The people at the front desk spoke English very well and were extremely helpful (the front desk handled talking to the airlines for us about our lost luggage). The hotel feels clean and new. It is in a great location, a couple blocks from the metro stop and walking distance to lots of sites (Cluny Museum, Notre Dame, Patheon, etc.). The room we stayed in was quite small, but the amenities were great.
We originally booked at a hotel on the same street, which was aweful (web booking). We found Villa Pantheon right down the street (Latin Quarter). When I got into the room I was so happy I could have cried!
The room was large, the bed was huge, and the decorations in the room were beautiful. The bathroom was the best. After walking miles during the day, I came to the hotel at night and took a warm bath. I am a freak about clean hotels and I loved the bathtub and bathroom . The bathroom was very modern, decent size and the cleanest I have seen ever. Everthing sparkled clean and there were all these little containers with cotton swabs, shampoo, lotions, soaps, etc. All the amenities were new. You get little white fuzzy slippers to wear in the room and keep, and a warm robe for after the bath. My husband really liked the room as well. I think we liked the bed the most AND everything was so quiet. If I go back to Paris, I will probably stay here again because it was such a nice, warm hotel. By the way, the elevators fit more than 3 people! The overall hotel environment is VERY rich, and the hotel is so close to everything. The staff was wonderful and they spoke english quite well. I have been to many places outside of the US and my personal opinion is that this hotel offered the best overall experience. If you go to the Latin Quarter, definitely stay at this hotel!
This is a Fabulous Hotel!!!!
This was a fabulous hotel. From the moment we checked in, every detail was attended to. The hotel manager helped to arrange last minute tickets at the Moulin Rouge and gave us numerous tips on siteseeing in Paris. The breakfast is great with choices of breads, fruits, cereals, all tastfully done using their own china. The service was great, location wonderful (within walking distance to many sites-Notre Dame and also a metro stop).I would definitely highly recommend this hotel to anyone. Staying in the Latin Quarter is great and close to all the many sites.
Would Stay Here Again
After a great deal of internet searching, we picked the Villa Pantheon as our base for a 5-day stay in Paris for a combination of amenity/location factors. We really wanted to be on the Left Bank, and the Villa Pantheon offered 4-star amenities (important to us, spoiled Americans who like at least space to turn around in a room plus a well-equipped bathroom).We flew into Charles de Gaulle airport, took the train (about 7.50 Euros apiece) from the airport to the Mualite metro station, and walked with rolling suitcases the 3-4 blocks to the hotel on Rue des Ecoles. Very easy.The Villa Pantheon is a small but pretty hotel, with nice little internal patio/garden area. The room was clean, did offer a bit more space than typical European rooms but was not large by American standards, and the decor was striking with bold colors and patterns. If you look at a web photo of one of the rooms, you might be a bit put-off by the startling decor (at least I was) but it really does come off attractively when you're in the room. The bathroom was stylish, very clean, and modernly functional, with nice plush terry towels. The hotel staff was helpful, polite, and the front desk staff spoke passable English which was a help since we speak minimally-passable French.The hotel location was near-perfect for us -- just a couple blocks walk from sites such as Notre Dame, the Pantheon, the beautiful Jardins du Luxenburg, and no more than a 15 minute walk I'd say from the Louvre. The hotel is in a great Left Bank neighorhood, on the fringe of the Sorbonne and college region and also only about 3-4 blocks from the Seine, and the walking was fun, felt safe, and was entertaining with people-watching. One day, we did a LONG walk from the hotel past the Louvre, to the Arc de Triomphe, on to the Eiffel Tower, and back to the hotel -- it was a long day, but fun. If you need to wander farther afield, the Metro is only about 3 short blocks.We didn't eat at the hotel at all, prefering to visit the many close-by cafes and restaurants. T walking distance, both French and ethnic. We would particularly recommend a cafe called Les Fontaines near the Pantheon (sorry, I'm blanking on the street name but it is the street leading to the front of the Pantheon). We liked it so much we ate there twice -- fabulous food, great service, and views of the very near Pantheon in one direction and the Eiffel Tower in the other.We had a great visit in Paris, and it was definitely helped by being as comfortable and well-situated as we were at the Villa Pantheon. We're already planning a -- hopefully soon -- return trip!